Weekend box office: No Good Deed dethrones Guardians

There’s just not much to choose from at the weekend box office right now, so it’s a perfect time for studios to release their smaller films to give them a chance to succeed.  The gamble worked great for Sony and their thriller NO GOOD DEED, which took the top spot with about $25 million.  All press screenings for the film were cancelled, which is usually a very, very bad sign for a film.  The studio even went as far as to explain the cancellations due to concerns about the “secret twist” being revealed.  There’s no way to tell if their decision paid off, but they should be really happy with their film’s performance.  DOLPHIN TALE 2 opened in second place, which is surprising to me because I don’t know if I could find 10 people that knew the first one existed, let alone the sequel.  The Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace drama, THE DROP also opened and I’m a little disappointed in its performance, especially since it got generally good reviews.

Next weekend should belong to THE MAZE RUNNER.  They are still the trend in Hollywood, but I’m pretty much tapped out when it comes to YA adaptations.  I only know what I see in the trailers, but I can’t stomach another movie where teenagers have to break free from their oppressive society and discover who they really are.  We also get the Jason Bateman and Tina Fey starring, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, which I think will struggle despite the amazing cast.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. No Good Deed $25.1m

2. Dolphin Tale 2 $15.8m

3. Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1m

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $5m

5. The Drop $4.9m

6. Let’s Be Cops $4.5m

7. If I Stay $4m

8. November Man $2.8m

9. The Giver $2.6m

10. When the Game Stands Tall $2.5m

(Deadline)

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